Ever rolled your own cigarette, changed your own oil, cooked your own favorite dish, got a chick home without a roofie in her, or written your own manifesto? There is just something cool to me about making my own "cartridge" so to speak. You pick it, you pack it, you fire it up... It's like july the 4th with a purpose.
Dead Bears, the only good kind.
For me it's about the ritual and history, I was a history major in college so anything old appeals to me. I tend to like things that have lots of gear associated with them and that have a multi step procedure. It's fun to measure the powder, cut the patch, ram the ball, put the cap on or prime the pan and finally take aim and fire. I find it relaxing, similar to reloading metallic cartridges. I do own a bunch of modern firearms and enjoy them as well, but BP will always hold a special place.
You can do both. Get a good revolver and reload the cartridges with FFFg black powder and soft lead bullets. How much black powder, you ask? As much as you can get in the case - there isn't enough room to put in too much powder.
For that matter, try it in an automatic pistol. Watch their faces when your M1911 vomits foot-long flames and clouds of smoke.
i used an muzzy for the first 2 deer i killed. it adds excitment knowing you have one shot to work with. also its cool to think about the history of it all. it adds a challenge as cold and damp weather can be tricky. and my FAVORITE reason... the smoke cloud and smell of the burnt powder is the best smell ever!
I have been a silent witness
to all of America's finest hours.
But my finest hour comes
when I am torn into strips and used as bandages
for my wounded comrades on the battlefield,
When I fly at half-mast to honor my soldiers,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms
of a grieving mother
at the graveside of her fallen son.